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Dmason123
Jun 18, 2017 4:16 PM CST
My question: I have 4 beautiful cape honeysuckle small trees in my landscape. My question is, it is starting to grow its new small branches, that I'm sure they have blooms getting ready. There are a few that stick straight out, at what point do I trim them to maintain the shape and not hurt the blooming process.
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Name: Carol
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ctcarol
Jun 18, 2017 6:42 PM CST
I'm dieing to hear the answer to this! Never heard of one growing that way. I'm all ears!
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Sebastopol, CA (Zone 9a)
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Calif_Sue
Jun 19, 2017 12:15 AM CST

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Me either. They are usually quite large, well over 10 feet. I would think trying to keep them that small would keep it from blooming as it looks like they usually bloom on the branch ends.
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Dmason123
Jun 19, 2017 9:58 AM CST
Actually, this cape honeysuckle is a replacement… The others that I had did not survive last year's freeze. But they stay in pretty little trees and the blooms on them are absolutely beautiful. In this picture I was trying to take a picture of the butterfly that would come every day, but I only took a picture of the top of the tree, but you can see it's full of blooms.
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Name: Suzanne/Sue
Sebastopol, CA (Zone 9a)
Sunset Zone 15
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Calif_Sue
Jun 19, 2017 11:13 AM CST

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Very nice, that's one way to control it!
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Dmason123
Jun 19, 2017 4:31 PM CST
I just don't know what to do about the long shoots...should I cut them off, if so how short?? Another thing...in order to keep the top sort of round, should it be pruned? I don't want to hurt it and cause it to go in shock. HELP!!😩
Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
Sunset zone 22, USDA zone 10 A.
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ctcarol
Jun 19, 2017 5:35 PM CST
I don't think you could hurt it, but you would loose most of the blooms. They are thugs in my part of the country. I saw one down the street that grew up and through a 40' tree. I think they have developed some dwarfs though.

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